Friday, December 30, 2011


When I started this blog it was to document my journey so that I could always be reminded of where I started and where I was along the way. During the process I have found that I am much better at capturing the moments in photos than I was in the past, even if it means stopping for a moment to take in the scenery (which you don't have to twist my arm too much to do). Here are some of my favorite moments of 2011 that I managed to capture.

love running with my dog, especially when she leads:)


So many pretty winter sunset runs


our last mountain bike ride before he converted to road only

Palm Springs training camp, refueling at Native Foods


Big Rock Triathlon


Run up the Bump and Grind

Test of Metal Squamish BC


Vineman Triathlon bike start, this course is so pretty


This may have been beginning of Sept, I can't remember for sure but it was a great day on the bike!


San Fran trip with my mom


Afternoon reading on my favorite beach


Sunday morning run at Mission Bay with the 3 day walkers, so Inspiring
I might start wearing a tutu for my races, so FUN!


Still a few days left to make more memories for 2011, get out there and end the year on a high!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Every year mother nature gives us the amazing gift of fantastic weather on Christmas day. Since we are not ones to kick a gift horse in the mouth we get out and enjoy the present. Here are some shots from our amazing day.
On one of my favorite run loops

Bike ride with fantastic scenery

Afternoon Beach walk

'Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky'- Rabindranath Tagore

Is there any better tradition than spending time with those you love doing what you love?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Feats of Strength

Our celebration of Festivus was a huge success and will be a tradition that lives on in our family. Here are some pictures of our evening activities.

First Feat of Strength wall sitting

Next up was standing jumps (extra points for wearing a dress?)
Two foot stick landing required

Me Hearty definitely knows my weakness and he picked the explosive power jumping knowing I have no sense of timing or coordination, but I happily stuck the landing several times.

Since I WAY outlasted him on the wall sit I was the victor.

Let me just say that I think he gave up way early on the wall sit, I mean he wasn't shaking or sweating or anything and he just caved. He told me he knew he couldn't outlast me so he figured it didn't make sense to last another minute and still be beaten. (my tactic of telling him that I could go for 5 mins or more worked:)) The victor of the feats of strength was then required to wrestle the head of household to the ground. It took me 15 minutes to catch and pin her because I wasn't allowed to grab her collar. She eventually succumbed to my supreme domination (but she struggled for a couple of minutes while pinned, she doesn't give up as easily as some people in this house). I am now reigning champion of Festivus for a year. I have a sneaky feeling next year there will be some upper body feats of strength, I had better get training.

Family photo around the Festivus pole
(someone still didn't want to surrender!)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Be the Peace

This time of year everyone seems so frantic and rushed not to mention distracted. Everywhere you go you come across that frenzied look in the eyes and the sense of urgency. It is a shame that a season that represents joy and cheer to so many has become about to do lists and meeting expectations. Instead of wishing for peace this holiday season take time to manifest the peace within you and be the peace of the season. If each and everyone of us did this there truly could be peace on earth. So next time you are waiting in a too long line, or stopped in traffic on your way somewhere use those extra moments to reflect on all that is wonderful in your life. Take a few deep breaths and realize time is a gift and if you are always rushing somewhere you miss all the wonderful little things in the moments. Snow falling, giving you extra work to do, take time to really admire a single snowflake, sit in front of a fire and watch the flames silently, hard not to feel some peace when you just take the time. Take the time to do something that brings you joy and merriment instead of the must do items and you will find the peace everyone is wishing for. Be the Peace.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just me and my Shadow

For a couple of years now I have wanted to mountain bike in South Western Utah. I have heard from so many people how amazing it is. Unfortunately, the times that I have been in that area it has bee 100degrees still at 8pm and I have had the dog with me. When I decided I was going to run the Vegas half marathon it was in my mind that I was only going to be 90 minutes away from some epic riding. I waffled back and forth on whether to add a few days to the trip and in the end I did. I am so glad that I did. The riding was truly awesome and after three days of being in the lights and noise of Vegas this introvert needed to recharge her batteries out in nature with some alone time.

It was a balmy 24 degrees F when I woke the first day but that wasn't going to stop me, okay it did stop me until the temperature gauge rose to 30F, but I was searching for adventure and quiet and it delivered. My first stop was Over the Edge sports in Hurricane Utah to get the local 411 on trail conditions and a map. They were super helpful, thanks DJ! During my two days I was able to get a variety of riding in and I loved it. On my first day I saw a stealth looking rider who seemed to be following me every move.

No matter how fast or slow I went I couldn't shake her:)
Church Rocks loop
The riding in this area is fantastic and I left feeling like I had been to a huge dessert buffet and only been allowed to take a small bite off two plates. But what I did sample was delicious. Flowing single track, super fun bumpy slick rocks, amazing vistas, and oh the peace and quiet.

Prospector Trail to Church Rocks

Virgin River view from Hurricane Ridge Trail

Snow on the trail

All to Myself

I tend to get songs stuck in my head and this trip was no exception. 'Here I go on my alone again, going down the only road I've ever know, Like a drifter I was born to walk alone, Cause I know what it means, To walk along the lonely street of dreams'. Only thing is I was never lonely, cause every time I looked around I saw her beside me, my shadow and we were both grinning ear to ear!

Kiki's Kulinary

Cherry Malt, I had one of these recovery drinks waiting for me back at the car

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Angels

Yesterday I was cruising along on my bike, enjoying another day of great December riding weather in So Cal and really enjoying the base phase of training. I love the concept of early base training, build up the miles and stress the body for physiological adaptations by adding volume but not intensity. The high effort high heart rate sessions will come but for now it is all about being out there and putting in the time. So there I was cruising along with a good friend on one of my favorite stretches of road and bam out of nowhere I had a head on collision. Wham right between the eyes flew a drunken bee and it stung me. Not that big of a deal, except for I am allergic to bee stings. It hurt pretty bad instantly so I knew the sucker had released a fair amount of venom into me, right between the eyes. Stopped on the side of the road with no regard to traffic just frantic to get the stinger out. Luckily, for me Heidi got the stinger out and got me out of the middle of the road. We continued on to the next store because of course like any well prepared person I had no benadryl with me. (note, I did have my epi pen but since I wasn't going into anaphylaxis it wasn't necessary, and it was base training, I did not need my heart rate to reach 200 beats per minute at a standstill). While riding I was okay but I felt the itching beginning in my eyes and ears. My scalp started to tingle but we were moving along and it was tolerable.

Tolerable until we stopped. As soon as we pulled into the store parking lot and stopped I became a lunatic. I looked like someone on a bad trip trying to get the bugs off of me. The itching was so severe and I ripped off my helmet and glasses and was frantically jumping around and scratching my head vigorously. I couldn't stop myself even though I was attracting some attention and strange looks. Luckily, the store was equipped with Benadryl and I promptly dosed myself with 50mg. Now, I have been stung enough times to know that 25mg will take the edge off but not the itching. 50mg will make me a zombie but will take away the itching and keep the swelling to a minimum. Of course, I also know that 50mg means there is little hope of me making it home on my bicycle when we have at least 2 hours left taking the shortest route possible. I got some ice and Heidi made some calls and found me another angel in my friend Cherry to come and rescue me. During this time a friendly man that had witnessed my psychotic break offered up an instant ice pack out of his car first aid kit. I had some ice already so declined but it was nice to have so many helpful souls in the vicinity. It was a 30 minute ride back to where Cherry would be picking me up and since the itching was less noticeable when I was moving we set off. Luckily, all I had to do was focus on following Heidi's wheel in front of me but I could feel that my eyes were starting to get smaller and heavier. By the time we got to the rendezvous point the benadryl was in full force. I was like a drunk. I'm pretty sure that I was professing my love to them over and over and over again. To be honest I have very little recollection of how I got in the car, or my bike being loaded or the drive home. All I remember is that I felt very grateful and that I got home.

Swelling 1 hour post sting
Now one day later I find myself writing this looking through slits, my vision of the world has been narrowed and I am a little hungover from my benadryl induced coma. I am trying to use topical benadryl only today because I do not like the foggy headed feeling and the worst should be over by now, right? The bee actually did me a favor. I have wondered what it would be like to be without my furrow brow lines and now I know. Although, I am not 100% sure because I can't see that well and I think with a botox injection I would still have open eyes and my nose wouldn't be twice as wide as normal. I have heard that a botox shot feels like a slight sting, I can tell you that there is no way I'd pay to feel that! I look more like I went a round with Ali, can't wait for the swelling to come down and the funny colours to appear. Could be a few days before I can swim again, there is no way I could get goggles to seal. Also, I won't be able to wear my contacts for a few more days. Looks like I will have to be creative on my workouts.
24 hours post sting, bee could have gone a little higher to get the full botox benefit:)
I am so thankful that during this holiday season that I have so many angels in my life. I am thankful for my wonderful friends everyday but yesterday I realized how truly blessed I am, and I do love you guys! (even sober I will profess my love for you:))

PS, I now have a stash of benadryl in every tool kit on every bike, in every wallet and purse I own, in my swim bag, in my car, and in my travel kit. I also have an epi pen in all those places but thankfully that hasn't been necessary to use. Me Hearty asked me if I get stung more than other riders, I haven't been stung at all this year until yesterday. I told him that I didn't think so, I just have a horrible reaction and a little bee sting is a HUGE inconvenience for me. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Making Memories

Exactly one week ago tonight I crashed my mom and her friends party and ran the Vegas Strip at night with them in a half marathon. It was a great night and a fabulous way to see the strip. Since I was basically a Vegas Virgin I loved getting to see all the lights and having bands playing along the way. I felt like a rock star, because really, how often do they close down the strip and let it be taken over at night be masses of others with a passion for running. (I'll give you a hint- once a year:))

Heading out to Rock n Roll

It was a fantastic night and even more amazing was sharing the experience with my mom. I love it when we can make new memories to cherish of time and things done together. I am super excited to see how much she has taken to running and how much she enjoys it. Not to mention she is really good at it. It was her second half marathon ever and she placed 4th in her age division out of almost 200 women. Talk abut rocking the rock and roll half! I am one proud daughter.

Alien self portrait, yes I geeked out and ran with my camera

Mandatory pre race high fashion poncho to keep warm

Almost at the finish, just go to the light

It was a little chilly at the end